As a member of San Francisco legends Tarentel and Type's premier astral travellers The Alps, Jefre Cantu-Ledesma is hardly a new addition to the label, so it's hard to believe that 'Love Is A Stream' is his first Type solo album. Previously releasing on Arbor, Spekk and his own Root Strata imprint, this latest album marks his journey into the beautifully cacophonous world of dream pop. 'Love Is A Stream' is dedicated to love itself, and the dreamy, shimmers with blown-out textures, sounding like white noise before they ultimately give way to blissful harmony and hidden melody. Underneath the grit and growl are hidden guitar parts, synthesizer drones and even vocals (provided by Lisa McGee, John Twells and Maxwell August Croy) that succeed in swelling the dense, tape-saturated songs to heady new heights and belie any influences they might have. On each listen the mind strips away another layer of dust and bones to reveal haunting and deeply moving beauty. The world might be spiralling into despair, but Jefre Cantu-Ledesma has brought us a record that isn't afraid to share the love. All that's left to do is drown in it.
NB: First vinyl copies come with an extra CD album of material reworked by Xela - Type label head John Twells